by Bert Schwarz

Bergerac is a city of art and history. Here, at the banks of River Dordogne, you can live well. People here like to eat and laugh. Gastronomy is the theme here: e.g. fresh poultry with foie gras on a piece of toast. This promises to be a good meal. The whole is naturally enjoyed with a wine of the region.


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The walls of the city centre are old and the people young.
is situated at the banks of River Isle, where Gauls had settled originally.
is the cultural and culinary epicentre of the Dordogne.

But wait!

There are wines here, which taste the locals. Probably only the locals. Anyway, I really fell for it in the supermarket, because I know beer, not wine.

Two solutions: 1. at the restaurant, follow the service recommendation, or 2. on the second floor of the Office de Tourisme, discover the secrets of the local wines.

Bergerac, Dordogne-Brücke © Bert Schwarz

This little town took us in with all its charm and friendship. We were here for just two days to get an overview. Now we know: We have to come back, the typical French dimensions of the car parks, especially in the exit areas, endanger our own sheet metal and the rims and parking fees are manageable.

The beautiful old town with its historic half-timbered houses is easy to walk through. That's half as bad for a lazy foot as it is for me.

On the one hand, the oldtown is not huge and on the other hand, if one wants, one can fall from one restaurant to the next. What I mean is: nobody has to starve and die of thirst here.

Bergerac © Bert Schwarz
Bergerac, mittelalterliches Haus © Bert Schwarz

In any case, it is a good idea for every visitor to come to the Office de Tourisme on Quai Cyrano. Here are some good tips for the clueless.

Bergerac, Klosterhof © Bert Schwarz

And then there is Cyrano de Bergerac, who is merely a literary figure. Although Savinien Cyrano , the real model for Edmond Rostand's heroes, never stuck his long nose into the city in the Périgord, he nevertheless became one of the most famous Bergeracois. The city owes its fame to this figure, and his spirit can be felt everywhere.

There is also something solid, such as the Tobacco Museum, with its unique collection in Europe, reminiscent of the history of an extraordinary plant, which over the millennia has been regarded as both divine and cursed. Although it is currently being pilloried, it has shaped all civilizations sociologically, economically, culturally, artistically and politically.